This Policy applies to both personal and health information held by the Southern Grampians Shire.
Personal Information means information or an opinion, whether true or not, and however recorded in any form, about an individual whose identity is apparent, or can reasonably be ascertained, from the information or opinion.
For example, Southern Grampians Shire holds personal information about its ratepayers (e.g. names and addresses) in order to carry out its functions (e.g. planning, valuation and property services). It may also request personal information in order to provide education, welfare and other community services (e.g. home-care services). In some instances, personal information may be contained on a public register (register of building permits, food premises and animal registration details).
Health Information is broadly defined to include information or an opinion about the physical, mental or psychological health of an individual, a disability, an individual's expressed wishes for future provision of health services or any health service provided to an individual, or other information collected to provide or in providing a health service.
For example, Southern Grampians Shire holds health information on the recipients of immunisations in order for the Medical Officers of Health and the Environmental Health Officers to provide a personalised service to the recipient. It may also request health information in order to provide community service needs (e.g. home and community care services).
Some personal information may also be "sensitive information" as defined in the Privacy Act. Sensitive information includes information like an individual's racial or ethnic origin, political views, religious beliefs, sexual preferences, membership of groups or criminal record.